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PNND13-1The Nitty-Gritty of Lasting Change

By Steven Stosny

Changes in the habitual attitudes and behaviors that shape our lives rarely happen as the result of psychological epiphanies or emotional catharsis. Most therapeutic progress comes from the painstaking process of continual practice that reinforces some behaviors while actively discouraging others.

PNND13-3Do We Really Choose How We Live Our Lives?

By Fred Wistow

When routines and habits become as lifeless as the manner in which one brushes one’s teeth, when the choreography of one’s existence resembles a blindfolded slog through quicksand—rather than the Jets and Sharks leaping across the streets of the Upper West Side—something must be done.

First Comes the Hard Work  

PNND13-2What’s the Difference?

By Margaret Wehrenberg

Some people can drink to excess for years without experiencing the negative consequences that can destroy their lives. So when does someone cross the tenuous line from habit into addiction? And what’s the difference between the two anyway?

PNND13Cover Our Habits, Ourselves

Can the Circle Be Broken?

 

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PNND13-4Breaking Free of the Habitual

By Ann Weiser Cornell

Most clients have automatic habits of thinking, feeling, and verbalizing experiences that imprison them in a world of gray sameness. How do we help them escape? The most immediate way is to ditch your logical analysis and help them experience a felt sense.

PNND13-5How to Succeed at Self-Sabotage

By Cloe Madanes

Making yourself profoundly unhappy takes tenacity and creativity. But the real art of it is to behave in ways that allow you to claim yourself to be an innocent victim, ideally of the very people from whom you’re forcibly extracting compassion and pity.